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Old 05-10-2010, 02:37 PM
Jendrass Jendrass is offline
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"Big thing" - 25 TP medium tank

What is to be, will be ...

Finally I decided to make this model but I know that it is all fighting a loosing battle. My earlier scrath projects, like as PZInż 202, where I got only 3 photos (lucky me!) now look like children's puzzle.
To make this scratch model (none exist I think) I need to make measurements and gain small number of existing docs and articles related to this tank (there wasn`t even any prototype or industrial model of this tank ). I guess that vast majority of documents disappeared during the war. It`s normal when talking about Polish pre-war equipment…

Small intro:

After 1935 polish army started to seriously reorganize it`s structures by putting new kinds of modern and technologically advanced equipment into operation. Modernization of armor forces and mechanization of whole army were one of the crucial elements of passed plan. Although still main types of polish forces were infantry and cavalry (year by year better equipped with effective antitank and antiaircraft weapons) armor forces started to develop very quickly to come up with growing military potential of enemies – III Reich and Soviet Union.

Polish military think-tanks rightly noticed urgent need of medium (heavy?) tank which could support existing recon tanks (TK-3, TKS,) and light tanks (Vickers E, 7TP) and create new quality within Polish armor forces.
Soviet army was perceived as more serious enemy than III Third Reich, that`s why Polish medium tank program was based on soviet experiences (T 28, T35) and customized to realities of possible war in the east.

There has been few projects, but the most well known and possible to exist (somewhere in mid 40`s?) was this project made by KSUS (Weapon and Equipment Committee):


Length: 7300 mm
Height: 2600 mm
Width: 200 0mm
Weight: 23-25 t
Crew: 6 people
Weapon: 1 x 75 mm canon (temporarily Schneider model 1897)
Drive: 2x 500 hp engines
Speed (planed):
- Road 45 km/h
- Terrain 25 km/h


and the best pics-comparison of 25TP tank/ TKS recon tank (tanketee) I know, made by “Krzyhal” from one of Polish forums:



Painful preparations and answering questions with no 100% convincing answer already started  Hopefully some parts of 7TP tank looks similar and I`ll use them after necessary “facelifting”


Strange thing is, that tracks are quite narrow - only +/0 30 cm (1:1). It means same as in Vickers/7TP, light tanks family … Looks like our engineers took to optimistic view when planning this tank. Well, experience comes same as love, after some time
Seriously speaking I really doubt in those speed 945/25 km/h). Right now I`m making “mother-wheels” ( those bigger ones) to copy. I need 32 of them so it will take some time.

Wish me luck !
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